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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe
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Body Style

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 14 20 $55,290 $60,100
2-Door Convertible 13 20 $63,250 $68,750
4-Door Sedan C250 Sport RWD
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Drivetrain

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe RWD C250 21 31 $34,615 $37,220
2-Door Coupe RWD C350 19 28 $39,404 $42,370
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Sport 18 25 $35,359 $38,020
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC C300 Luxury 18 25 $35,740 $38,430
4-Door Sedan RWD C350 Sport 20 29 $37,735 $40,575
4-Door Sedan RWD C250 Sport 21 31 $32,364 $34,800
4-Door Sedan RWD C250 Luxury 21 31 $32,755 $35,220
2-Door Coupe RWD C63 AMG 15 22 $57,130 $61,430
4-Door Sedan RWD C63 AMG 15 22 $54,805 $58,930
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC C350 19 28 $41,264 $44,370
Pricing
Invoice Price
$55,290
$32,364
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$60,100
$34,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1002 / month
$580 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven. With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 20 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Cars Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 33.7 33.4
Front Head Room (in) 38.4 37.1
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.4 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 88.0 88.0
Second Head Room (in) 36.8 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.2 55.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.8 41.7
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.5 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 108.7 108.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.5 69.7
Track Width, Front (in) 60.5 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 181.8 180.8
Height, Overall (in) 55.6 56.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 11.0 12.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 14.2 x 1.2 - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.8 x 0.9 - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.6 17.4
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 12.5 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.4 35.5
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P265/40ZR18 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P245/40ZR18 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3704 3319
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 9.5 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 11.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas V8 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 295 @ 3900 229 @ 2200 - 4300
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 4.0/244 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 414 @ 8300 201 @ 5500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 16 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 21
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.40 2.86
Trans Order Code NA 427
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.85 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.19 1.37
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.87 0.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.73
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.06 4.38
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.58 1.92
Trans Type 6 7
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.68 3.42/2.23
Summary
Body Style Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name BMW M3 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 11.6 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 1 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating -
 
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